Dugout Discussion

Rudiger, Mount and Chilwell benched, as Alonso returns to Chelsea’s starting line-up

The continued rotation of Chelsea’s big squad sees Antonio Rudiger (£4.7m), Mason Mount (£7.1m) and Kai Havertz (£8.2m) amongst the substitutes for their hosting of West Bromwich Albion.

For those managers desperate to invest in the league’s strongest defence, the return of Thiago Silva (£5.6m) only worsens the headache. He and Kurt Zouma (£5.3m) step in for Rudiger and Andreas Christensen (£4.7m), with Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) starting ahead of Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) at left wing-back.

Alonso has been a popular transfer this week amongst the online Fantasy Premier League community, with many seeing the incredibly attacking defender as the ideal one-week punt ahead of a Gameweek 31 Wildcard. He wasn’t on international duty, so owners will be hoping for a repeat of his 14-point haul from beating Burnley 2-0 in Gameweek 21.

Former defender Thomas Tuchel’s arrived as head coach in January and quickly made Chelsea’s back line impenetrable, conceding only twice in 14 matches (all competitions) as they seek their eighth consecutive clean sheet.

However, these successful shut-outs are achieved with rotating personnel, with only Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m) seemingly assured of a starting spot. Rudiger, Zouma, Christensen and Thiago Silva share the remaining two spots, as Edouard Mendy (£5.2m) starts again in goal.

As detailed in Thursday’s feature, Mount (225), Havertz (212) and Chilwell (180) played in the majority of their country’s 270 minutes during the international break. Therefore, Tuchel has given them a breather, showcasing their squad depth by bringing in Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) and Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m).

Timo Werner (£9.2m) starts up front, his barren streak worsened by a terrible miss for Germany against North Macedonia. With one league goal from 1,350 minutes – the equivalent of 15 matches – his confidence seems shattered but the expected goals (xG) number of 6.34 in that spell suggests that he’s still getting in the right positions.

Reece James (£5.0m) starts at right wing-back, with Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) keeping his starting spot.

As for West Brom, they were unchanged for four consecutive matches but Sam Allardyce has been forced into one change as loanee Conor Gallagher (£5.5m) cannot play against his parent club. He has been replaced by Semi Ajayi (£4.8m), suggesting a switch from 4-1-4-1 to a 5-4-1 formation.

Stuck in the relegation zone, the Baggies haven’t scored in their last three matches but have kept three clean sheets in the last five matches, ideal for Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) owners. They picked up 1-1 draws at Liverpool and Man City, so will feel a Stamford Bridge result is achievable.

Branislav Ivanovic (£4.4m) is on the bench against the club he made 377 appearances for.

GAMEWEEK 30 LINE-UPS

Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Pulisic, Werner

West Bromwich Albion XI (5-4-1): Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Bartley, Townsend; Phillips, Yokuslu, Maitland-Niles, Pereira; Diagne

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1,090 Comments Post a Comment
  1. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Chilwell says "hello Mr Tinkerman"

  2. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Chelsea meltdown

  3. GROBARI
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Wow

    • Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Oh my days WBA are gonna win.

    • Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Wow

    • Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA

    • BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Alonso is a defensive liability.

    • Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Oh yes

    • Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Jorginho again

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        It was James really.

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Pereira G

      Chelsea 1-2 WBA

    • Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Justice for Rudiger owners. 😀

    • KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      OMG Pereira!!!

    • Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Com'on Big Sam

    • 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Haha. Concede two against wba.

      Just a freemoasib thing !

    • HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Glad I took the captaincy off of Alonso!

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Nowhere to hide for Azpi owners!

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Yeah alright mate. Calm down.

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Very glad I brought in double Chelsea defence

      1. PP6
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Same 🙂

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Oh my god...

    • Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Chelsea falling apart!

    • Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Imagine taking Sam Johnstone out for Mendy and also bringing in Alonso?!! Imagine?!!

    • Sco
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      lmao

    • BDA Shadow
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      How is this happening.

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Jorginho and Alonso in the team. Need to get them out and put Kante and Chilwell back in.

        1. BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Jorginho is having a fantastic season, stop your nonsense. Bad game for him to be fair.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Thiago RC

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Alonso very poor defensively.

    • JBG
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Hahahaha! (I'm a Azpi owner btw.. Just find this hilarious).

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      West Brom are out bogey team!

    • ivantys
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Such a useless troll Thiago Silva

      • LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        WTF is going on here..? O.o

      • the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Get in WBA hahaha

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Humorous as lol

      • Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        This is what happens when you dont start Rudiger you prat.

      • UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        This is beautiful